Meet the Librarians

Debbie Chamberlin
Head Librarian


What do you do at the library?
I have a lot of fun greeting patrons, recommending books to people, purchasing and selecting new books that I think our patrons would like, and also supervising the other librarians and volunteers, if they need it.

What first brought you to the library?
When I first moved to Monkton, I saw that there was a library and noticed that it wasn’t open, so I went to the Town Clerk and asked why. She said that they needed a librarian, so I applied for the job. I saw it as a chance to serve the community. The rest is history.

What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy reading, gardening, kayaking, hiking, sewing, paper crafting, and teaching enrichment programs to preschool and elementary-age kids.

What book genres do you know best?
Picture books are my specialty, but I also know YA fiction, literary fiction, mystery novels, particularly nature based ones, and survival themed non-fiction pretty well. I also read quite a lot of memoir, and I have a real soft spot for post-apocalyptic stories.

What are a few of your favorite books and authors?

When the English Fall by David Williams
The World Made by Hand Series by James Howard Kunstler
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America by Will Harlan
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
Bad Boy: A memoir by Walter Dean Myers
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
George by Alex Gino
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo

and my favorite authors are: Kate Morton, Louise Penny, Craig Johnson, and William Kent Krueger

Katie Cyr
Assistant Librarian


What do you do at the library?
Aside from working the front desk I maintain the website, keep track of the new ILL system, and troubleshoot computer-related issues. I also process new acquisitions to add to the collection.
What first brought you to the library?
I grew up right across the street! I was still in elementary school when I started volunteering with Debbie, and she hasn’t been able to get rid of me since.
What do you do in your free time?
Mostly I hang out with my kitties, read, do yoga, crochet/knit, and play board games with my friends.
What genres do you know best?
I am a huge speculative fiction fan, so basically I read lots of sci fi, fantasy, and horror. Since our library isn’t big on speculative fiction, I know most about YA and graphic novels, particularly action, fantasy, sci fi, superheroes, and books by and about diverse people.
What are a few of your favorite books and authors?

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